We know through experience that the decision to have a brow lift is generally preceded by a long decision making process. With this information we would like to help you with this process, by advising you about the procedure itself and the possibilities and risks involved in this operation. This advice, does not however, replace the need for an extensive personal consultation with your surgeon who will thoroughly address your specific questions.
When is a brow lift useful?
What is the aim of a brow lift?
What do I have to consider before a brow lift (pre-operative phase)?
What do I have to consider after a brow lift (post-operative phase)?
When will I be able to move freely again?
What are the possible risks with a brow lift?
Which result can I expect after a brow lift and what are the chances of success?
Anti-ageing. The brow lift is one of the most efficient face lift methods to freshen up the eyebrow and forehead area. Particularly on the forehead, there is greater chance of wrinkles and frown lines forming. During our lifetime, the skin on the forehead looses its elasticity through the effects of gravity, extended sun exposure, environmental influences and genetics. In addition, these effects are amplified by the tightening of the facial muscles. This causes the horizontal wrinkles on the forehead, a sagging of the brow and drooping of the eyebrows which natural anti-ageing methods cannot remedy. A brow lift here will provide the desired results.
The aim of a brow lift is to smooth and tighten the forehead skin, to lift the eyebrows into a more natural position and to reduce any wrinkles that have developed.
Procedure. The incision is usually made from one ear to the other slightly above the natural hairline. In cases of a high forehead, the incision can be made along the hairline to reduce the distance between the eyebrows and the hairline. The soft tissues are carefully lifted, down to the root of the nose, and here the forehead muscles can be loosened or removed. Afterwards the eyebrows are lifted symmetrically and any excess skin is also removed. A small drain is inserted and the incision closed using fine stitches and then dressed.
Type of anaesthesia. This procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic but can also be carried out under local anaesthetic and sedation.
Go without make-up. On the day of the operation the hair should be washed but make-up should not be applied and face and eye cream should not be used. The colouring or tinting of the hair is not possible for 4 weeks after the surgery. You should plan for this 1 week before the procedure.
Information on general measures and the necessary preliminary examinations will be put together for you personally in a pamphlet which you will receive at your consultation.
After the surgery you will have to wear a head bandage for a few days and it is absolutely necessary to sleep with the upper body elevated, not to bend down and to avoid physical exertion and strain. Temporary bruising, swelling of the eyelids or a feeling of tension in the forehead regularly occurs after surgery but these changes should not worry you and should disappear within a few days. The drain is usually removed after 2 days and the stitches, depending on the technique, are removed between 12 and 14 days after surgery. Careful washing of the hair is possible from the 3rd day after the operation and the application of make-up is only possible once the stitches have been removed. A loss of sensation in the skin on the forehead may be present for a few weeks, although this will usually return to normal.
Recovery. Strenuous physical activity and sports should be avoided for 4 to 6 weeks. Heat from external sources (such as a sauna) should be avoided for 2 months and sun protection is necessary until all bruising has disappeared and until all scars have healed.
No procedure is without risk. The general risks of surgery include the possibility of bleeding, thrombosis and infection. Specific risks with a brow lift are nerve damage, asymmetry of the eyebrows and sensitivity impairment to the forehead and scalp region.
Freshness. Through a brow lift, there is a rejuvenation and harmonization of the forehead and eye area, without conspicuous scars. The eyebrows are lifted symmetrically and the forehead wrinkles are reduced or completely removed. The final result can be assessed after approximately 2 to 3 months.